UNESCO and Government of Mali agree on measures to protect cultural heritage

The United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage and the Government of Mali have defined measures to safeguard World Heritage Properties in the country’s north – including the fabled city of Timbuktu – following reports of wilful damage to mausoleums at the site.

Secretary-General condemns beating of Mali’s interim president

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today an attack against Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traoré, which reportedly left the leader with head injuries.

UN envoy to take part in regional meeting on Mali, Guinea-Bissau political crises

As part of the United Nations’ ongoing efforts to ensure the full restoration of constitutional rule in Mali and Guinea-Bissau, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, will participate in an upcoming regional meeting on the political crises in the two countries.

Children in Mali suffering from triple disaster, warns UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning of grave violations of child rights in northern Mali, where they are confronted not just by the food crisis in the wider Sahel region but also by displacement and the effect of an armed rebellion.